When you think of trees causing water problems with your home, you may think of leaves clogging up the gutters. It is much easier to solve a problem around the house when you can see it with your own eyes, but it becomes much more troublesome when you cannot see the issue.

This occurs often when the trees mess with your home’s plumbing. Tree roots can reach deep into your pipes below ground, causing clogs or backups. If your pipes are older, then fittings can become loose and the roots can cause cracks or fissures. 

You might notice the problem before you realize what it is. Along with slow drains, tree roots can cause foul odors to come back up through your pipes. Outside, you could notice differences in your lawn or landscaping. Water can seep out of the pipe, creating more moisture than usual, which may cause parts of your property to sink. That extra water also goes toward helping that tree gain more sustenance than other parts of your lawn, causing greener areas.

As a homeowner, there isn’t much you can do to yourself to stop or slow the invasion of tree roots in your sewer line. However, if your home has had those problems in the past, you can start to predict and prepare for the issue before it gets out of hand, and calling a professional plumber is high on your list.

A plumber will inspect your pipes by inserting a camera down the line and inspecting it. After seeing what is going on down there, he or she will give an assessment on whether immediate action is required. 

For homes where this is a recurring problem, preventative maintenance is key. This is done when your plumber uses a specially formulated root-killing solution. Flush this solution down your drainage system to kill the roots that are climbing through your pipes. Better still, the solution targets only the roots, and will not harm your trees.

Unfortunately, things can get terrible, and further measures need to be taken. This requires your plumber to use a special mechanical sewer cleaning machine, one that is equipped with blades that cut the roots from the pipe. Some pipes, like those made from clay tile, plastic and cast iron, are easier to clean. Corrugated or thin-walled pipes are this process to damage or puncture more, but most pipes can handle this type of cleaning without any trouble.

Once your pipes are clear from roots, you will notice a difference in your plumbing. Cleaning out your pipes won’t only save your pipes, but it will also save money that would need to go toward fixing a larger problem. To find out if your plumbing needs to be saved from tree roots, contact Kellermeier Plumbing today at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.